“These summer nights are short. Going to bed before midnight is unthinkable and talk, wine, moonlight and the warm air are often in league to defer it one, two or three hours more. It seems only a moment after falling asleep out of doors that dawn touches one gently on the shoulder, and, completely refreshed, up one gets, or creeps into the shade or indoors for another luxurious couple of hours.
The afternoon is the time for real sleep: into the abyss one goes to emerge when the colours begin to revive and the world to breathe again about five o’clock, ready once more for the rigours and pleasures of late afternoon, the evening, and the night.” ― Patrick Leigh Fermor, Mani: Travels in the Southern Peloponnese
The better plan was to spend the weekend with my sister and her family in Grafton, cuddling with their kids, grilling burgers, drinking my brother-in-law’s fantastic wine, taking my sister on impromptu shopping trips (stay tuned for an upcoming feature!) and staring into a crackling fire.
To-do lists are overrated.
What about you? What are your favorite summer traditions? How do you spend a summer afternoon? What about a summer evening?
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